Jesup, Thomas Sidney
- William B. Skelton
Jesup, Thomas Sidney (16 December 1788–10 June 1860), army officer, was born in Berkeley County, Virginia, the son of James Edward Jesup and Ann O’Neill, farmers. Jesup’s family moved to the Kentucky frontier in 1792, where his father rented a farm. The father died four years later, however, leaving his wife to raise her children in poverty and debt. As a young man, Jesup worked as a store clerk in Maysville, Kentucky, then procured a second lieutenant’s commission in one of the infantry regiments added to the army in 1808 in response to the growing controversy with Great Britain....